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#1 Brian Keith

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:14 PM

I’ve had this for many years but haven’t discovered what it is for. It appears to be an AAF pouch of some type. The size is 10 ½ inches wide, by about 6 inches high the way it shows in the photo. The straps are 15 inches long and wrap around the pouch to snap.

Thanks for any assistance.

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#2 Bob Hudson

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:36 PM

Held the flares for a flare pistol.



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:45 PM

Do you have a picture of the inside?
The Types A-2 A-3 and A-4 are for parachute flares. I don't know what quantity the the A-2 and A-3 hold but the A-4 holds four. I've never seen one of these types so don't exactly know how the are stored in the pouch.

Edited by dustin, 22 December 2015 - 07:58 PM.


#4 Brian Keith

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 05:52 AM

Excellent!

Thanks for the info, I can make some more photos of the inside, if isn't very large on the inside, about 2 inches, so probably maybe held 2 or 3 37mm flairs stacked? Was this designed to be attached to something or just wrap the straps around it with the snaps hold it tight depending on the number of flares?

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 06:26 AM

more pics would help, thanks

I doubt they stacked the flares because all aircraft were allotted a series of different colored parachute flares with the quaintly depending on the rating of the aircraft i.e. bombardment, observation, pursuit etc.

What I'm thinking is that they store up on end as to be able to read the color type.

One type that would have been contained in the pouch is the M11 which measures 7.69 inches x 1.56 inches.

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:02 AM

Great additional info! Thanks! Very nice box of flares. I think that my pouch would have been able to only hold two of those M11 flares.

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:51 AM

The box isn't mine but from another member on the forum.
The pouch you said is 10.5inches wide, the flares would most likely had been placed vertically in the pouch which means at least six can be placed in it.


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